Cosmopolitan Puritans in a Provincial Colony

Louise A. Breen

in Transgressing the Bounds

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780195138009
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834006 | DOI:

Series: Religion in America

Cosmopolitan Puritans in a Provincial Colony

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Shows how the broad transatlantic interests of certain leading men in Massachusetts, especially John Leverett, John Humphrey, Edward Gibbons, Robert Sedgwick, and Nehemiah Bourne, clashed with the emerging New England Way. In addition to questioning the wisdom of the evolving religious and social orthodoxy, these men involved themselves in schemes with which orthodox magistrates were ill at ease. For example, they participated in the Protector's Western Design, intervened in the struggle between two rival leaders in New France, were involved in various episodes of privateering, and became entangled in schemes to overthrow the government of New Netherland. These exploits were suspect because they were intended not solely to protect the Bay Colony but rather to enhance individual fortunes and reputations for valor, as well as to advance the goals of empire.

Keywords: Bourne; Gibbons; Humphrey; Leverett; New Netherland; Sedgwick; Western Design

Chapter.  23258 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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